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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Wild Bill Davison: The Jazz Giants

Read "The Jazz Giants" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Cornetist Wild Bill Davison had a fiery, extroverted approach to playing that originated in the 1920s Chicago and mirrored his hard living. By 1968, when he recorded The Jazz Giants for the Canadian label Sackville, he had mellowed and his tone had become more melodic. A democratic leader, Davison allows the five, underrated practitioners of “prebop ...

NEWS: RADIO

Eddie Condon: Renaissance Man Of Jazz This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Eddie Condon: Renaissance Man Of Jazz This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week on Riverwalk Jazz: photographer, author and record producer Hank O’Neal, who collaborated on Eddie Condon’s Scrapbook of Jazz talks about the Condon legacy. Eddie’s daughter Maggie Condon shares her wealth of memories. The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International. You can also drop in on a continuous stream of shows at ...

NEWS: RADIO

This Week On Riverwalk Jazz: Clarinet Marmalade

This Week On Riverwalk Jazz: Clarinet Marmalade

This week on Riverwalk Jazz The Jim Cullum Jazz Band offers an exploration of great pre-WWII voices of jazz clarinet with the help of prominent contemporary exponents of the “old school." Evan Christopher, Bob Wilber, Kenny Davern and Ken Peplowski perform with the Band and talk about their mentors and influences. The program is distributed in the ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Pops – The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong by Terry Teachout

Read "Pops – The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong by Terry Teachout" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Pops--The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong
Terry Teachout
508 Pages
ISBN: # 1906779562
Aurum Press
2014

Critic Terry Teachout published his biography of Louis Armstrong, Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) in 2009, republishing it under the present title of Pops--The Wonderful World of Louis ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Mosaic Records: Making Jazz History

Read "Mosaic Records: Making Jazz History" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

No one is more astonished by the longevity of Mosaic Records than Michael Cuscuna, the veteran record producer and one-time disc jockey who founded the label together with Charlie Lourie, a former clarinetist who worked in both jazz and classical contexts before becoming an executive at CBS records, Blue Note, and elsewhere. Arguably the premier reissue ...

NEWS: RADIO

Clarinet Marmalade This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Clarinet Marmalade This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week on Riverwalk Jazz The Jim Cullum Jazz Band offers an exploration of great pre-WWII voices of jazz clarinet with the help of prominent contemporary exponents of the “old school." Evan Christopher, Bob Wilber, Kenny Davern and Ken Peplowski (pictured at right) perform with the Band and talk about their mentors and influences. The program is ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Mel Powell: Four Classic Albums Plus

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Mel Powell

Four Classic Albums Plus

Avid Records

2012

Mel Powell replaced Teddy Wilson in the piano chair in the Benny Goodman band, took over the Glenn Miller Orchestra after the leader's demise, and followed both gigs with a career in the studios as a pianist and arranger. Then in the ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Teddy Wilson: Solo / Big Band

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Teddy Wilson

Solo / Big Band

Storyville Records

2010

Teddy Wilson will always be primarily known for his work with the Benny Goodman band and the reliable piano accompaniment he provided for it on many classic records. After the big band era, although he teamed up with Goodman again from ...

NEWS: RADIO

Riverwalk Jazz Presents "Clarinet Marmalade" this week on public radio

Riverwalk Jazz Presents "Clarinet Marmalade" this week on public radio

This week, Riverwalk Jazz presents a survey of the great pre-war voices of the jazz clarinet. For many Americans, their only experience with the clarinet has been through high school marching and concert bands that often use clarinet sections of up to ten players. Yet in the early half of the 20th Century, the clarinet was an essential ingredient in ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Jerry Senfluk

Read "Take Five With Jerry Senfluk" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Jerry Senfluk:

Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (NOT the Czech Republic), on St. Patrick's Day, 1946. As the younger son of a pianist mother and a cellist father. he enjoyed thorough musical education from his distinguished parents in playing the piano, intonation and musical theory. He received private tuition from the Principal Clarinetist of ...